Berry nice. Snapped at the Los Feliz Farmer’s Market on Vermont Avenue.
Morning light and trellises in the pretty little town of Petaluma, 40 miles northeast of San Francisco…
Weekend! I need sleep so hard. Photograph by the legendary Yale Joel, 1953.
The Huntington Botanical Gardens at The Huntington in Pasadena covers 207 acres with more than 14,000 different varieties of plants among a dozen principal garden areas. Forty gardeners, a curatorial staff of seven, and more than 100 volunteers maintain the botanical collections. And their efforts do not go unnoticed. The Gardens are a magical escape from the rest of LA, lush and meticulously maintained.
I did not have the opportunity to explore all of the gardens, so I made the recently restored Japanese Garden the priority for my first visit. Love the koi-filled ponds, moon bridge and historic Japanese House – so serene.
Patience is a virtue. A striking bonsai in the Bonsai Courts within the Japanese Garden.
The scent of wisteria swells upon descent into the Japanese Garden.
‘And the tree was happy.’ Definitely some Shel Silverstein vibes here. I took a lot of pics with my iPhone, but I won’t bore you with low resolution. My advice would be to plan a visit here on a weekday afternoon during your next trip to LA. Can’t wait to get back and experience the other sections…
Much has been said about the smashing success of Moda Operandi, the pre-order online retailer peddling designer collections straight from the runway. I’m a fan of their savvy business model and of their co-founders: the infallibly chic Creative Director Lauren Santo Domingo and the brilliant CEO Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, whose comprehensive and resourceful ‘Finding Your M.O.’ series on The Business of Fashion imparts wisdom from her firsthand experience launching a fashion startup.
Now add to the company’s accolades a drop dead gorgeous Spring ad campaign starring über-model Karlie Kloss.
…but Moda Operandi manages to give the campaign a look all its own: a blend of rich luxury and avant garde beauty, reflecting the e-tailer’s own M.O.
I love this Czech poster for French film “The Suitor,” premiering in 1962. Artist Karel Vaca keeps it colorful, kinky and collage-like. Very cool. Wish film houses still put this much creative energy toward their art work.
Lanvin taps model Montana Cox for its Spring 2013 eyewear campaign and I like – the brows, the lips, the lighting and especially the specs. On a side note, seems like gradient is becoming all the rage in both fashy ads and editorials, no?
One of the great joys of California is discovering its many shades of blue. Depending upon the hour of the day, the sky and surroundings can change from periwinkle to turquoise to a rich indigo blue. It’s marvelous. Those colors were on full display last week in Palm Springs. Below, a few snaps from our little roadtrip adventure…
While the weather is marvelous here in LA, I’m dreaming of more exotic fare. I haven’t been to Italy in a couple years, and I hear the Amalfi Coast calling! For some travel and fashion inspiration, I thought I’d share one of my favorite posts from venerable blogger Miss Moss. Dulce Dolce is a gorgeous color comparison matching Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 to vintage travel posters. “Just one quick glance over the entire collection and a myriad of things come to mind: summer holidays, the Italian Riviera, hammocks, umbrellas, hot heat, cold drinks, ripe fruit and seaside stripes.” So grab your sunnies and feast your eyes on this magnificent mashup.
More Italian posts this way.